David Weir has ordered Sheffield United not to make excuses for their poor start to the new League One season.
The former Scotland international has presided over just two wins, including a penalty shoot-out success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, since August.
But Weir, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s match at Carlisle, told The Star: “Football is about challenges and disappointments. There’s nothing surer in our business than the fact you are going to experience set-backs so it’s how you deal with those, how you respond to them, that counts.
“You can either blame someone else or you can look at yourself and try to be better. And that’s the right thing to do. Not make excuses.
“In situations like this you’ve got to show resilience, togetherness and belief. Believe in what you are doing and know that it’s right.”
United travelled to Cumbria last night 19th in the table after taking four points from their opening six outings. Carlisle, who placed Graham Kavanagh in caretaker charge after parting company with Greg Abbott on Monday, are 22nd.
Although Weir conceded United’s recent results have been “disappointing,” he backed his players to transform their season.
However, the United manager conceded Abbott’s departure has complicated preparations for the visit to Brunton Park.
“You often see teams in that situation have a reaction,” Weir said. “But we are looking for a positive response and a reaction too.
“Both sets of players, albeit for different reasons, will be up for this game. Carlisle might do things a little bit differently to how we initially might have thought but we’ve got our own incentives and ideas.”